The Whig.com recently interviewed WWE NXT Superstar Sami Zayn. Below are some highlights.
Zayn on injuring his shoulder seconds into a match: “You just get through it if you can. For me mentally, it wasn’t an option (to not finish). We were one minute in, with all this time to go on live television, millions of people watching, 15,000 people in the arena watching, my friends, my family seeing me in the biggest moment of my life — it wasn’t an option to stop. But it could have been if the injury was bad enough or if I somehow just didn’t get through it, the doctors would have stopped it.”
Zayn on how his rehab process moved slow: “I thought (my recovery) would actually go quicker because when I initially saw the surgeon, they said four to six months. Right away, I thought that means four. I was progressing very quickly very early, so I thought, ‘I’m going to crush this rehab.’ Then it kind of slowed down.”
Zayn on how his shoulder injury still isn’t 100% healed: “I still wouldn’t call it 100%. I still feel some cracking and popping and whatever else. Mentally, I know it’s still the bad shoulder.”
Zayn on things he’s not doing to get back to 100%: “There are certain things I’m not doing. I don’t think anybody will really notice it, it’s just little things for me, like if there’s certain moves that put me in a position that I feel vulnerable in, I just won’t do them at this stage. Again, I just came back and I still don’t 100% feel like myself. As soon as I feel comfortable doing moves or being in those positions, I’ll be back at it. For now, in the short term, yeah, I’m definitely a little more cognitive of what I’m doing. You can’t help it when you get hurt. It’s actually an important lesson to learn honestly as a performer.”
Zayn on debuting on Raw in Montreal: “It was a pretty strange night. Even now when I try to think back on that night, it’s a bit of a whirlwind because there were so many highs and lows. I still don’t know how to process that evening.”
Zayn on what’s next for him in NXT: “We’ll see how it all plays out on a long enough timeline. Maybe it was the best thing that could have happened to me, maybe it was the worst thing. Only time will tell. Right now, I feel pretty good about things.”
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